I share in the joy when we can beat someone’s cancer, and I’m there to hold their hand when we can’t.”
What makes this work meaningful for you?
Before becoming a physician assistant (PA), I worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for several years. I helped people in moments of crisis, when they were at their worst, yet these moments were short-lived. After taking a person to the hospital, I would never see them again, never know how things turned out. What I like about being a PA in oncology is the depth of the relationships I have with my patients. I get to meet people where they are; I get to be a part of their journey, no matter where it takes them. I share in the joy when we can beat someone’s cancer, and I’m there to hold their hand when we can’t.
My first experience in cancer care was during physician assistant school, when I volunteered for an oncology rotation at SCCA. The people I worked with and the patients I met made a lasting impression, one that drew me back to this organization and this specialty.
Before joining SCCA at Overlake Medical Center, I gained experience in family medicine and urgent care. Currently, I work with patients who have a variety of cancers and non-malignant blood disorders. My colleagues and I believe in a tailored approach to cancer treatment; we work closely with you to provide ongoing support, help manage symptoms and adjust the treatment plan as needed. In addition to caring for patients, I am also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants.
How do you like to work with patients?
I’m the kind of practitioner who is happy to spend extra time with you when you need it. I’m always available for questions, and I believe it’s important to be straightforward with you about your situation, even when it’s hard. The patients and families I work with seem to appreciate my ability to balance being serious with maintaining a sense of humor, as appropriate. My focus is on getting to know you as an individual and addressing your needs throughout diagnosis, treatment, survivorship or end-of-life care.